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Tips for the Solo Traveller
Planning ahead is the best way to reassure yourself and your loved ones that there is nothing to worry about. Some simple tips for planning ahead include:
– Leave a copy of your itinerary with a loved one at home, and stay in touch regularly so that there is someone else keeping tabs on your travel.
– Try and plan where you will be staying before you leave home. This will ensure you have somewhere to stay and hotel numbers can be left with loved ones.
– Pre-book a taxi for the trip between the airport and your hotel. Doing so can save time and stress in an unfamiliar country.
– Arriving during daylight hours is a safer option. There are generally more people around during the day, which will give you a chance to get your bearings.
Do your homework
Researching and knowing what to expect when you hop off the plane is crucial to ensure you feel comfortable and safe in a foreign country. Some factors you may want to research include:
– Find out roughly how much you can expect to pay for things in the countries you’re travelling to. From standard taxi fare to tour prices, this will ensure you know roughly how much each is worth and will be less likely to fall victim to rip-offs.
– Research the local culture in the country you’re headed to. It may be recommended to dress a certain way, or follow certain customs in greeting strangers.
Being aware of your surroundings and staying alert is important when travelling solo. Some tips to consider are:
– Keeping to open and public places, especially during the night. If you think you’re lost it’s always a better idea to hop in a cab than it is to wander around trying to find your way back to your hotel.
– By appearing confident and walking with a purpose, you can seem more like a local who knows exactly where they are going.
– Tying in with the above tip, try not to walk around with your face buried in a guidebook or map. This action screams tourist and can attract some unwanted attention.
– Always trust your instinct. Your body has a way of sensing danger so don’t ignore it. If something doesn’t seem right, or you feel uncomfortable, then excuse yourself from the situation.
– It’s okay to tell small lies. If someone asks you if you’re alone, it’s sometimes safer to reply that you are meeting a friend, or they are currently in the bathroom etc.
The best thing about travelling solo is having no one to please except yourself. Immerse yourself in an unfamiliar culture, connect with locals and enjoy the confidence and empowerment that comes with travelling solo.